Carly Sakolove was born and raised just outside of Boston, MA. At the age of 15, she moved with her family to South Florida, only to return to her roots in Boston to receive her BFA in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory. She relocated to NYC immediately after college graduation and began her career as a professional actress. She currently resides in New York City.
Along the way, Carly has had the great privilege to train with legendary Broadway mentors such as Bill Russell, Henry Krieger, Ann Reinking, Ben Vereen, Joanna Gleason and Frank Wildhorn. Impersonations came easily and early to Carly. As a young girl, she would constantly impersonate stars she saw on TV. Her favorites to perform (at age 10) were Barbara Walters, Jim Carrey, and Alanis Morrisette.
At the age of 14, she landed the role of Dorothy in a community theater production of The Wizard of Oz. She discovered she sounded eerily like Judy Garland, which sparked her serious interest in vocal impersonations. People often asked, even then, if she was lip-syncing in the show! As time went on, she began closely studying the voices of all the Broadway greats and one by one began to master each voice. This lead to perfecting impersonations of Liza Minnelli, Bernadette Peters, Idina Menzel, Adele, Jennifer Coolidge, Shakira, Carol Channing, Bette Midler, Julie Andrews, Jane Lynch, Celine Dion, and many more.
Carly’s favorite theater credits include the role of Rosie in "Mamma Mia!" in the National Tour and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, as well as successful runs in the Off-Broadway shows, "The Marvelous Wonderettes", "NEWSical the Musical" and the Off Broadway premiere of "The Book of Merman" in which Carly originated the role of Ethel.
Carly’s Broadway diva impersonation videos (Some People Have Multiple Personality Disorder, Broadway Divas Send In The Clowns) launched on YouTube have generated nearly 200,000 views to date. In 2010, Dave Itzkoff of the New York Times praised Ms. Sakolove’s uncanny talent and advised his readers to "take a number" and view Broadway Divas Send In The Clowns! The video also garnered Carly notable mention as one of Time.com's Top Ten Talented Web Videos of 2010. In addition, New York Post Theater Critic, Michael Reidel, called Carly’s earlier one-woman show, I Hear Voices, “the funniest show I’ve seen this year.”
As Carly would tell you, her journey reflects Stephen Sondheim lyric from his musical, "Into The Woods:" "If you know what you want, then you go, and you find it and you get it."